Firefighters rescue women from Bexley care home blaze

Firefighters have rescued two elderly women after a blaze at a residential care home in Bexley, south-east London.

Eighteen more residents were evacuated from the home in Hadlow Road, Sidcup, after the fire began in a first-floor flat at about 0830 BST on Tuesday.

Four fire engines and about 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, which is now under control.

Paramedics treated two people for smoke inhalation and one woman, believed to be in her 90s, was taken to hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, a spokesman for the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.

Smoke inhalation

The LFB spokesman said: "Two older women were led to safety by fire crews wearing breathing apparatus.

"A further 18 people were evacuated from the care home."

The blaze was under control by 1023 BST, the LFB said.

A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said it was called just after 0845 BST.

She said: "We sent two ambulance crews, a single responder in a car and a duty officer to the scene.

"Our staff treated two patients suffering from smoke inhalation. One elderly woman, believed to be in her 90s, was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital."

A spokeswoman for Bexley Council said the care home was private sheltered accommodation.

She said: "Some people are already back in their flats. Our emergency planning officer is on his way there."

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